Impressive novice Oumeyade who is owned by Jim Lewis of Best Mate fame and trained by Paul Nicholls won the Novice Chase on the Haldon Cup Card at Exeter. He has been given a first show of 14-1 for the Arkle Chase with totesport following his easy win, but Haldon Gold Cup flop Twist Magic was eased to 20-1 from 12-1 for the Champion Chase.
Spokesman Damian Walker said: "Just weeks into the jumps season proper and Paul Nicholls has a stranglehold on our Arkle Chase Betting market. He trains 5-1 market leader Tatenen and 14-1 joint second favourites Oumeyade and I'msingingtheblues.
"With Cheltenham Festival races in mind, it will be interesting to see if Oumeyade can jump as slickly going left-handed as he did have a tendency to jump right at his fences."